As previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t bring Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban legislation to the Senate floor as part of a larger gun control package but rather will give her an opportunity to offer it as an amendment. Why? Reid couldn’t round up even 40 votes for the darn thing. Feinstein, who says this legislation is “very important to her,” said on CNN yesterday that it will be a betrayal to her if Reid doesn’t bring up the legislation for a vote. Apparently, Feinstein left a meeting with Reid yesterday confident a vote would be held on the full legislation, not just as an amendment. She also repeated her goal of “drying up the supply” of semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and other handguns included in the legislation.
“It’s aimed to dry up the supply,” she said.
Meanwhile, the White House has vowed it will “find the votes” for the legislation.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said in an interview Tuesday that Senate Democrats’ decision to introduce a gun control bill that doesn’t include an assault weapons ban does not constitute a setback for President Obama’s gun control efforts.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, McDonough said the bill can still be brought up as an amendment and that there should still be a concerted effort to pass it.
“We’re going to work on this. We’re going to find the votes,” McDonough said, according to a transcript. “And it deserves a vote and let’s see if we can get it done.”
It ain’t over until it’s over, folks.